Canadian actor Michael Cera is the middle child of a Canadian mother and Italian father, both of whom worked for Xerox. He has two sisters. He was educated at Conestoga Public School, Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School and Heart Lake Secondary School until the grade nine. Cera then completed his high school education via correspondence.
During a childhood illness he repeatedly viewed Ghostbusters (1984), learning the dialogue. It was this that sparked his interest in performing. He went on to take classes in improvisation at The Second City Toronto. Roles followed in commercials and TV, but he first came to major public attention when he was cast as George Michael Bluth in the critically acclaimed comedy series "Arrested Development" (2003). After the cancellation of this series, Cera successfully transitioned into movies, scoring starring roles in various projects such as Superbad (2007), Juno (2007), Youth in Revolt (2009) and as the eponymous hero in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).
Alongside acting, Cera is also a musician - he sings and plays guitar and bass.
Often plays naive and/or slightly nerdy characters
Often plays soft-spoken, sensitive characters
His wide expressive eyes
Splits his time between Los Angeles and with his family at home in Brampton
Michael has two siblings, an older sister Jordan and a younger sister, Molly
His father, Luigi, comes from Sicily, Italy and his mother, Linda, comes from Montreal, Quebec.
Was ranked #1 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
His last name means "wax" in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Last name is pronounced "SEH-ra".
Member of The Interstate 5 Tennis Association.
Says that he is often mistaken for Jesse Eisenberg.
Lives in ultra trendy Los Angeles neighborhood, Los Feliz. Giovanni Ribisi, Bo Barrett, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Stuart, Brad Pitt, Hannah Telle and Robert Pattinson are among the other actors who also call Los Feliz home.
I'm not really trying to make 'great art.'
I like a woman to take control but they're hard to find. For example, when I go out to a restaurant I know every girl in there wants to come say hi and be sexually aggressive, but they're all so gripped by shyness that they don't even make a move. In some cases the shyness is so severe they won't even look at me.
(July 2011) Santiago, Chile: Filming Magic Magic (2013).
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